Local Food at Beef Fest Breakfast
By Tracey Graham, KRC’s Our Local Food – Twin Rivers coordinator
Answer = GREAT!!!
Bad O’Bern’s made a fantastic Potatoes O’Brien type of thing with the Jase Hubert’s and Shepherd’s Valley’s potatoes, Ed Moyer’s onions and Country Flower Shed’s and Mators & Tators’ peppers.
The potatoes were crispy and caramelized on the outside, creamy smooth in the middle, and perfectly seasoned.
The eggs were scrambled and topped with just a touch of cheddar, and the glorious golden color and rich flavor made it clear to anyone with eyes and taste buds that these were wholesome country eggs.
Egg suppliers were Ivan & Loetta Fowler, Robyn MacGregor, and Shepherd’s Valley.
Breakfast also included thin sliced smoked beef roast (Bernie’s famous for his smoked meats) and a fresh biscuit – delicious!
All of this was served up by the friendly smiling staff of PrairieLand Partners-John Deere, who sponsored the breakfast.
It was PLP-JD of Emporia Manager Paul DuToit’s idea to make the breakfast local this year.
PLP-JD does a lot of wonderful things to benefit our local community and to further the cause of Local Food.
To learn about the coming Pasture Golf Tournament to benefit Food For Students, see this link: http://www.emporiagazette.com/news/2012/aug/09/pasture-golf-raise-money-food-students/
Verdict: A Huge Success!!!
|PrairieLand Partners-John Deere staff load up breakfast plates with local foods Friday, August 18.|
|John Conway, David Kraft, and Joe Smith, all NRCS staff members, enjoy their heaping mounds of delicious local food.|
Bernie says this catering job was a quite a bit more time-intensive than a typical job, given the need to crack open and scramble 60 dozen eggs (which he usually gets already cracked, scrambled and ready to pour).
However, these local eggs are so exceptionally good that he plans to contact at least one of the three egg suppliers about supplying his restaurant for whole egg orders in the future.
So here we have a great example of Our Local Food helping to make connections between food producers and buyers. Yippee!